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Top facts on tourism in Wales.
  • In direct terms, tourism contributed 3.2% of whole-economy value added in Wales (2002).  It is important to note that this figure does not include indirect value added that occurs.
  • Tourism related employment in Wales in 2005 was circa 100,400 full and part time employees, or 8.4% of all employees in employment in Wales.
  • In 2006, 77% of UK tourists to Wales came for a holiday, 12% to visit friends or relatives and 9% for a business trip.
  • Over 1.1 million trips were taken to Wales by overseas tourists in 2006. The most popular origins of overseas visitors are Republic of Ireland, USA, and Germany.
  • 46 % of overnight trips by UK residents to Wales in 2006 were taken in the countryside or small towns/villages.
  • In 2006, the most popular activities undertaken by tourists in Wales were: walking, shopping, visiting historic attractions such as castles and visiting museums and galleries.
  • The Museum of Welsh Life at St Fagans remained the most popular attraction in Wales in 2006, attracting over 588,000 visitors.
  • In serviced accommodation in Wales, there are over 80,000 bed spaces available.
  • In 2006, UK visitors accounted for almost 90% of overnight trips but international visitors stayed longer (accounting for around 19% nights), thus international visits contribute more to the total spent (i.e. international visitors spend more).
  • The latest day visitor survey indicated that yearly expenditure attributable to tourism trips amounted to £1.5 billion.
  • In 2006, overnight visitors to Wales spent around £2 billion.

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